[Tagging] how to tag: water enclosure beneath fountains

Ronnie Soak chaoschaos0909 at googlemail.com
Mon Oct 1 15:29:45 BST 2012

2012/10/1 Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>:
>> natural=water
>> - wiki page doesn't specify, but details, examples and name imply the
>> use for a natural feature
> IMHO natural=water is flawed, for several reasons: it is not a
> geographical feature (that would be natural=lake, etc.), but it is
> also practically used for all kinds of superficial water (and if one
> insists on "natural=from mother nature": water is almost always
> "natural", the rare cases of "artificial" water aren't probably
> something that will be tagged in OSM). There is an attempt to further
> specifiy natural=water with a key water=? (where one of the values is
> reflection_pool IIRR)

Of course there is no 'artificial' water. But following this logic, we
can also tag a pedestrian area with natural=cobble_stones.
It's the enclosure of the water that is man made and mostly even the
existence of water in that spot.
I would rather use a man_made=reflection_pool without the natural=* addition.

>> Do you know any other tag fitting small scale, urban, man made
>> enclosures of water (possibly fed by a fountain or well)?
> if you want to be generic like this, natual=water is your tag IMHO. If
> you are interested in a particular feature, additionally tag this
> (e.g. amenity=fountain, water_well, ...)
>> Or just keeping it with amenity=fountain mapped as an area? Or tag both?
> well, a fountain might consist of parts covered with water and others
> made of rock, metal or s.th. else, and there might even be no water at
> all (any more), e.g. here is a nice monumental fountain by famous
> architect Bernini in a small town that was destroyed (and remained
> ruins since then) in 1799 by the French:
> http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Canale_Monterano_Bernini.JPG

I can't follow you here: You say that natural=water is flawed, that
there might be fountains without water and that a fountain might
consist of several materials besides water.
And still you recommend to tag the whole area as natural=water,


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